March brings mix of memories and emotions

The other day, after the ice thawed off the roads, I ventured out and found my way to Shawano. Since the sun was shining brightly on the tall, leafless trees, I could see the sparkling diamonds that were glowing from the tips of the branches. Of course, they were made of ice that melted in the sun; however, it was a moment of pleasure to these eyes, growing weary of spring’s slow and tumultuous coming forth.

Yes, the dreaded freezing rain came. There was even some good in that, although many perhaps did not take notice. I know farmers dread ice storms, and what it does to their crops. When I saw the sparkling trees, I couldn’t help but wish I had a camera with me; however, I usually don’t at those special moments. That made me think that, other than Christmas time, I hadn’t had my camera in hand all winter. So at the next sleet storm, I made sure to correct that. Somehow, the camera never quite captures that moment exactly, but it is the best we can do.

Now that we are in March, our thoughts will really turn to spring. Maple trees stand at ready for tapping season. It is such an old-fashioned thing, and yet if you were involved in sap season as a child, it makes you long to keep at it in years to come. It is a fond childhood memory of mine that I long for, even though I don’t think I could handle trudging through the snow in the woods any longer. To be sure, I will look for that curling mixture of steam and smoke that signals a sugar shack in the process of turning sap into maple syrup.

The basketball season is winding down for high schools and colleges, and March Madness will soon be upon us. Soon to follow is track, baseball and softball. Softball has already begun for college. I have been trying to follow the Badger softball team as well as I am able, and I did find a couple of their games on TV. They played in a couple weekend tournaments already and will be in Florida this upcoming weekend.

Softball is by far my favorite sport to watch, probably because some of my kids played and some of the granddaughters. Now, with the youngest in college, I won’t have any playing, but I will likely try to see some of the Tigerton High School games. Good way to get out in the fresh air and cheer on the home team.

March in itself can be a tumultuous month, with its share of ups and downs in temperatures, wind and, yes, even snow. Since I was born in March, I often think that my emotions are the same as the month, changing often.

Recently, I have been thinking that I have become somewhat of an optimist. I always thought I was a pessimist, but somehow my thinking has changed. I am not sure if it is a matter of age, or just that I am more aware of the fact that I can’t change things anyway, so may as well go with the flow.

Isaiah 40:31 says: “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”